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into orbit

1. Into a state of extreme agitation, panic, irritation, or anger. Few things send me into orbit like someone who doesn't use their turn signals on the road. I've always hated the dentist. Just hearing the little whirr of the drill is enough to put me into orbit!
2. Into a state of exceptional success or happiness. Seeing the band perform put me into orbit from beginning to end. Of course I have to thank my coaches, who dedicate they're lives to sending athletes like myself into orbit.
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go into orbit

 
1. Lit. [for a rocket, satellite, etc.] to rotate around a heavenly body in a fixed path. The satellite went into orbit just as planned. When did the moon go into orbit?
2. Fig. [for someone] to get very excited. (See also go ballistic.) She was so upset, she went into orbit. Todd went into orbit when he heard the price.
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*in orbit

 
1. Lit. [of something] circling a heavenly body. (*Typically: be ~; put something [into] ~.) The moon is in orbit around the earth. They put the satellite into orbit.
2. Fig. ecstatic; thrilled; emotionally high. (*Typically: be ~.) Jane is in orbit about her new job. John went into orbit when he got the check in the mail.
3. Inf. intoxicated. After having six drinks all to herself, Julie was in orbit.
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orbit (around) someone or something

to circle around something in an orbit. The flies orbited around Fred and his ice-cream cone. Many satellites orbit around our planet.

in orbit

Thrilled, delighted, as in Dean's in orbit over his son's success. This expression alludes to the successful launching into orbit of a satellite or other spacecraft. [Slang; late 1900s]
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into orbit

into a state of heightened activity, performance, anger, or excitement. informal
1988 Candia McWilliam A Case of Knives I am a greedy girl, not merely swayed but waltzed into orbit by appearances.
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go into orbit

in. to become very excited. The entire staff went into orbit when they got the news.
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in orbit

1. mod. ecstatic; euphoric. She was just in orbit when she got the letter.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. Gary is in orbit and can’t see a hole in a ladder.
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1 Astrophysical Journal, Luhman and his colleagues used the Hubble Space Telescope to photograph an object, about 10 Jupiter masses, orbiting the star CHXR 73.
Just beyond this crowd resided a slowly orbiting band of ice, gas, and dust.
The observed rapidity is just what astronomers would expect from a blob of hot gas orbiting 64 km from the black hole.
A radiating blob of gas orbiting a black hole is like a lighthouse beacon sweeping past Earth hundreds of times per second, suggests Strohmayer.
The two planets orbiting one of Earth's neighbors, the red dwarf star Gliese 876, profoundly influence each other.
The elongated path of the inner planet orbiting Gliese 876 provides the first indication that the unseen planet is, as theory predicts, gaseous and not solid, Lin says.
But because the Doppler shift can only measure one component of motion--in and out along the line of sight--the extent to which it can reveal the true mass of the orbiting body depends on the tilt of its orbit relative to the line of sight.
Studying the star for more than a decade at the McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, Texas, the team had discerned what appeared to be a wobble from the tug of an unseen companion orbiting the star every 7 years.
They might qualify instead as stillborn stars called brown dwarfs orbiting sunlike stars.
The orbiting planets cause a small but measurable wobble in the motion of their parent stars.
It is the frequency at which X-ray-emitting blobs of gas are orbiting the star, near the inner edge of the accretion disk.
A planet orbiting the star HD210277, discovered by the Keck 1 Telescope atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea, is the first whose average distance from its parent star is nearly the same as Earth's distance from the sun.
In addition, Lin says, his work predicts that stars with closely orbiting planets also harbor planets much farther out.
At a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in San Antonio, Marcy announced before a standing-room-only crowd that he and Butler have discovered two new, unseen planets orbiting nearby stars.
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